We live by the resources we restore
Beginning at 8 a.m. August 22, 2014, PSRF staff set forth in multiple directions by sea and beach to gather foods that abound along local shorelines. The goal: to prepare and serve a feast by 5 p.m. In all, 21 different marine species were collected and gathered and rolled up into a mouth-watering feast to honor the resources and systems we are working to restore.
Menu Item — Species
- Clam fritters — Butter clams, Horse clams
- Oysters on the half shell — Pacific oysters
- Horse Clam Ceviche — Horse clams
- California rolls — Dungeness crab
- Crab cocktail — Dungeness crab
- Uni rolls — Uni (urchin gonads)
- Miso soup & Daishi broth — 2 seaweeds, rock fish, rock sole
- Smoked clams & fish — Cockles, Native littlenecks, Manilas, Kelp greenling, Sablefish
- Sauteed sea asparagus — Pickleweed
- Seaweed salad — 4 seaweed species
Betsy Peabody, Founder and Executive Director
photo Benjamin Drummond
Betsy Peabody is founder and executive director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF). She is also President of the Pacific Shellfish Institute and an active player in the Washington Shellfish Initiative. Betsy served on the Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification in 2012 and is currently working with Washington's Marine Resources Advisory Council to further investigate OA mitigation and outreach strategies. Before founding PSRF in 1997, Betsy worked for the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, the Seattle Aquarium and local nonprofits. She also served as Vice Chair of the Bainbridge Island Harbor Commission 1997-2002. Betsy has a B.A. in English from Stanford University and a decided interest in all things marine.
Brian Allen, Ecologist
Brian Allen, PSRF’s in-house ecologist, is interested in all things marine – both as a scientist and a forager. After growing up in Everett, Brian wended his way to the Virgin Islands where he began to spend a lot of time underwater. Upon his return to the Northwest, Brian completed a BS in 1996 at the Huxley College for Environmental Studies at Western Washington University where he studied marine ecology. He has been fortunate to work with many interesting invertebrate species and communities including aquatic insects, sea urchins, abalone, and various bivalves both above and below the tide, and up and down the west coast. Community ecology has been a central theme. Before joining the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, Brian’s work concerned applied science or commercial fisheries.
Josh Bouma, Shellfish Biologist
Josh focuses primarily on abalone conservation and restoration. He manages a collaborative pinto abalone hatchery culturing this unique but severely threatened mollusk, and directs research and field projects aimed at abalone recovery. Josh is also passionate about growing tasty bivalves that folks can eat. He connects people to their marine resources by running the Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm on Bainbridge Island. Growing mostly oysters, the PMCSF is PSRF’s third and newest community supported shellfish farm. He joined PSRF after more than four years as a shellfish biologist and diver with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Originally a northwest native, Josh soaked up the sun while completing a B.S. in biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, then completed a M.S. in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. Beyond diving, eating seafood and spending good time with family, Josh also enjoys backpacking, mountain biking and stand-up paddleboarding.
Ryan Crim, Hatchery Manager
PSRF’s hatchery manager, Ryan Crim, is working on Olympia oyster and Pinto abalone projects. He specializes in lesser-known organisms that comprise plankton, including unicellular algae and marine invertebrate larvae. After growing up in the highland deserts of North Central Washington State, Ryan became fascinated by the marine environment as a student at Western Washington University. He spent as much time as he could at the Shannon Point Marine Center researching phytoplankton ecology and harmful algal blooms. He received an MS in Zoology from the University of British Columbia after studying the effects of climate change on larval stages of marine invertebrates (such as abalone, sea urchins and mussels). Before joining PSRF, Ryan worked as a research assistant at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, taught courses in marine ecology at Northwest Indian College and worked as an intertidal field technician along the Oregon Coast.
Denise Brown, Bookkeeper
Denise joined PSRF in July 2007 as a bookkeeper, having performed similar services for a local small business operation and another nonprofit. Before moving to the Northwest 10 years ago, she was in pursuit of a second career accounting degree at Penn State University. She also studied Environmental Resources Management at PSU, and managed a popular Center City Philadelphia restaurant for eight years. Actively involved in volunteer programs, she coordinates and assists with Adopt-A-Road, the AARP TaxAide program on Bainbridge Island, and participates each month in the local meal preparation for those in need.
Wendy Welch, Special Events
Wendy Welch brings over 20 years of fundraising and development experience to PSRF. A Bainbridge Island resident and Northwest native, Wendy holds business and marketing degrees from the University of Washington. She has worked at local and national levels for the Easter Seal Society of Washington and the Arthritis Foundation and she has coordinated the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour for 10 years. She is an avid skier, hiker and general outdoor enthusiast.
Dr. Jonathan Davis, Senior Scientist
Joth Davis is an integral member of the PSRF project team. He serves as Scientific Lead on native oyster enhancement efforts in Liberty Bay; spearheads the new abalone hatchery in Port Gamble where juvenile pinto abalone are being reared to help with recovery efforts; and collaborates with PSRF on a geoduck research project and an economic study to better quantify the costs and benefits of shellfish restoration in Puget Sound. On top of all that, Joth directs Research & Development for the Taylor Shellfish Hatchery, operates a shellfish farm and consulting firm, and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at UW. He holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries from UW and a M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University./p>
Stuart Ryan, Hatchery Technician
Stuart's competing passions are Marine Ecology and Big Mountains. So when he found his way to the Puget Sound, where both could be equally satisfied, he Immersed himself in these environments teaching environmental and outdoor education on boats, shorelines and in the mountains. Before moving to the west coast Stuart received his Bachelors degree in Biology From Bates College in Maine where he studied how environmental variables effect the growth of clams in the Arctic, and more generally marine invertebrates. Stuart works primarily at the PSRF Olympia Oyster hatchery.
Alice Drury Helker
Alice graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in environmental studies, and shortly thereafter joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps. In her five years with NOAA Corps she served as a deck officer aboard NOAA ship McArthur II, and following was with NOAA’s Emergency Response Division, responding to major oil and chemical spills throughout the country. Alice traded in her sea legs for roots in the Northwest, joining PSRF in 2015. Alice is beyond excited to be working on shellfish restoration, and feels fortunate to be furthering PSRF’s mission.
Jade Austin has a one-year position with PSRF through the WCC AmeriCorps program, thanks to funding assistance from Washington Department of Ecology. Jade will be working alongside PSRF’s hatchery crew at Manchester and assisting with other projects as needed. Originally from Idaho, Jade studied Marine Biology and Environmental Geography at University of Hawaii at Manoa. While in Hawaii, Jade was a Seafloor Analyst for NOAA’s Coral Reef and Ecosystem Division and worked in the education department at the Waikiki Aquarium. In her free time, Jade likes to scuba dive, back pack and snow board.
Growing up on Orcas Island Derek has had a lifelong connection to the marine ecology of the Salish Sea. Derek King started with PSRF in 2011 as an intern while studying at the Evergreen State College. Post graduation, with a dual BA/BS in Journalism and Marine Science, Derek was hired on as part of PSRF staff to manage day to day operations at the Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm in Olympia, WA. Derek also runs PSRF’s PSP Monitoring program that works hand in hand with Department of Health to manage volunteers to take bivalve tissue samples at 23 sites across Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. In addition to managing these programs Derek assists in the field and lab on Olympia Oyster Projects including seed husbandry at PSRF’s Shellfish Restoration Hatchery. When not at work Derek can be found in any wild area of Washington’s Wilderness where food can be harvested or breathtaking views be taken in.
Caitlin was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she enjoyed all the perks of having the ocean as her backyard. This inspired an affinity towards the ocean that has been channeled throughout her education, career, and hobbies. She decided to take her love of the ocean and nature with her to UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Marine Biology. But mostly, she spent her time tagging elephant seals, diving in kelp forests, and counting a whole lot of abalone. From there she moved further North to work on fishing boats in Alaska as a Groundfish Observer. There she perfected her ability to count fish in really cold weather! She now calls the great state of Washington home and works on the Pinto Abalone Project based out of the Mukilteo Research Station. At Mukilteo she is able to continue to count abalone to her hearts content, while also being responsible for the growth and well-being of pinto abalone.
Kelly Samuels and Theo Fehsenfeld, Summer Interns